Pope Francis defends 'slum priests'

2014-03-14 10:29

Pope Francis has defended "slum priests" from the accusation their advocacy for the downtrodden reflects a different, leftist church that is remote from conservative Vatican values.

Twitter vibes show love to Pope Francis

2014-03-07 13:05

Pope Francis is among admirers on Twitter where positive comments about him outweigh negative ones by a ratio of five to one.

Pope Francis not a superman

2014-03-05 18:27

Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a "superman" who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic church, stressing that its ban on contraception and opposition to gay marriage will remain in place.

Pretoria priest accused of assault gets bail

2014-02-18 08:59

A Catholic priest from Pretoria has been granted R2 000 bail after appearing in court on charges of sexual assault.

Benedict: One year on a changed church

2014-02-10 20:54

It is a year since then pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, and 2014 sees a changed church.

Pope surprises with success of Latin tweets

2014-02-05 11:32

Against all the odds, Pope Francis's Latin-language Twitter account is a roaring success, boasting 205 000 followers - more than those following papal tweets in German or Arabic.

Priests swap sermons for 'selfies'

2014-01-28 08:30

For some of the Philippines' most powerful clergymen, stepping off the pulpit and into cyberspace felt impossibly daunting until they took their first "selfies" and posted them on Facebook.

Slow down and try a little tenderness - pope

2014-01-23 16:35

The often superficial high-speed world of digital social media needs an injection of calm, reflection and tenderness if it is to be "a network not of wires but of people", Pope Francis says.

Angels have no wings, says Catholic 'angelologist'

2013-12-20 14:12

Angels exist but do not have wings and are more like shards of light, at least according to a top Catholic Church "angelologist".

Pope Francis: I'm no Marxist

2013-12-15 15:54

Pope Francis, responding to conservative criticisms that his economic and social ideas smack of communism, has said that he is not a Marxist.

Pope Francis: Rugby metaphor for life

2013-11-22 20:46

Football-mad Pope Francis is also a fan of the rugby scrum: the pontiff joked with Italian and Argentine players.

Pope urges dialogue in Myanmar

2013-10-28 20:12

Pope Francis has called for inter-religious dialogue in Myanmar at an audience for Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in which the two also discussed her long campaign for democracy.

Pope vows to change Vatican mentality

2013-10-01 11:16

Pope Francis has promised to do everything in his power to change the Vatican's mentality, saying in an interview that it was too focused on its own interests.

Priest accused of abuse out on bail

2013-09-21 08:09

A German Catholic priest, wanted for child abuse by Germany, has been released on bail but will be put on trial in November for committing similar acts in South Africa, sources have said.

Pope Francis' comments on gays welcomed

2013-07-30 09:00

Pope Francis's remarks that he would not "judge" homosexuals have been positively received by liberal groups in the US as "largely symbolic", but a big step in the right direction.

Pope to meet Brazilian convicts

2013-07-26 14:03

Pope Francis is set to meet young convicts and then return to Copacabana beach where 1.5 million Catholics gathered on Rio de Janeiro's seafront to see him speak the previous night.

Excited nuns mob pope for photos

2013-07-25 09:04

Anyone doubting the star power of Pope Francis, take note: He makes even grown nuns go wild.

Malaysia Muslims want Vatican envoy out

2013-07-19 12:05

Several Islamic groups are demanding the recall of the Vatican's first envoy to Malaysia, describing him as an "enemy of the state" after he supported the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims.

Malaysia: Vatican envoy denies interfering

2013-07-16 15:01

The first Vatican ambassador to Muslim-majority Malaysia has denied trying to interfere in a sensitive legal battle over the use of "Allah" as a translation for God.

Pope bolsters Vatican child abuse laws

2013-07-11 14:01

Pope Francis has bolstered criminal legislation against child abuse in the Vatican and increased criminal liability for employees of the tiny city state in a legislative overhaul.

Pope clears John Paul II for sainthood

2013-07-05 14:13

Pope Francis has cleared John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession.

Vatican official held in corruption plot

2013-06-28 13:00

A Vatican official has been arrested by Italian police for allegedly trying to bring €20m in cash into the country from Switzerland aboard an Italian government plane, says his lawyer.

Pope Francis and new Anglican leader meet

2013-06-14 15:04

Pope Francis and the new head of the world's Anglicans have acknowledged deep differences over issues ranging from gay rights to women priests but pledged to seek unity after meeting.

Francis: I didn't want to be pope

2013-06-07 14:52

Pope Francis has revealed that he never wanted to be pope and that he's living in the Vatican hotel for his "psychiatric" health.

Charismatic priests battle Catholic flight

2013-06-05 12:15

Brazil's charismatic priests are trying to retain Brazilian Catholics being lured away from the church by booming Protestant evangelical churches.


Pope first anniversary tweet from retreat

2014-03-13 21:04

Pope Francis has marked the first anniversary of his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church with a tweet from his retreat.

Pope confesses to pilfering cross

2014-03-06 20:58

Pope Francis has revealed he had succumbed to "that thief in all of us" and broke the seventh commandment by stealing a small cross from the coffin of a priest so he could remember the man.

Francis kisses 'mini-me' pope

2014-02-26 18:24

Francis has kissed 'mini-me' pope as children in Carnival costumes flock to the Vatican.

Pretoria priest held on sex abuse charges

2014-02-17 09:56

A Catholic priest in Pretoria has been arrested for sexually abusing a minor, despite the family being initially reluctant to lay charges.

Vatican hits back at UN for abuse report

2014-02-08 05:45

The Vatican has hit back at UN committee for an abuse report, and says the UN is discredited by prejudiced claims.

German Catholics reject sex rules

2014-02-03 23:05

Germany's Catholic bishops, responding to a worldwide Vatican survey, say that many Church teachings on sexual morality were either unknown to the faithful there or rejected.

Pope says internet 'gift from God'

2014-01-23 20:41

Pope Francis has described the Internet as "a gift from God" and called on Catholics to "boldly become citizens of the digital world".

Pope shares his birthday with homeless

2013-12-17 14:34

Four homeless people have helped Pope Francis celebrate his 77th birthday at the Vatican.

Croatia rejects gay marriage in referendum

2013-12-02 15:57

A strong majority in Croatia voted to outlaw same-sex marriage in a referendum sought by a Church-backed group but strongly opposed by rights groups.

Vatican conducts worldwide poll on the family

2013-11-01 21:53

The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of a major meeting.

Court throws out child sex claim against Holy See

2013-10-01 22:53

A Belgian court Tuesday rejected a rare attempt at a child sex class action suit against the Holy See filed in 2011 by 39 alleged victims of priests and church workers.

Pope Francis shuffles key posts

2013-09-21 20:04

Pope Francis has demoted a conservative cardinal who led the Vatican's department on clergy, while keeping in place a German prelate who wages the Catholic church's crackdown on liberal US nuns.

Catholic priest faces extradition over abuse

2013-09-17 11:51

A German Catholic priest on trial for child abuse in South Africa could face extradition over 36 more counts of sexual offences against children in his country.

Pope reaches out to youth

2013-07-27 10:11

Pope Francis has taken his mission to re-energise his flock to young Catholics on a Brazilian beach, reaching out to those who have lost faith due to church failings.

Pope Francis brings hope to slums

2013-07-25 19:38

Pope Francis has visited a slum in Rio, bringing a message of hope even in the face of corruption.

Pope OKs Twitter indulgences

2013-07-19 18:20

The Vatican is offering indulgences for World Youth Day's virtual participants, but there's a hitch.

No bullet-proof car for pope in Brazil

2013-07-17 20:29

Pope Francis will ditch the bullet-proof "popemobile" used by his predecessors on his visit to Brazil this month and travel in an open-top jeep, says the Vatican.

Pope criminalises leaks, sex abuse

2013-07-11 21:37

The Pope has overhauled laws for the Vatican City, criminalising leaks of Vatican info and child sex abuse.

UN asks Vatican about child abuse

2013-07-10 19:10

A United Nations human rights panel has posed a list of tough questions to the Vatican about child abuse by Catholic priests.

John Paul II almost a saint

2013-07-02 17:21

The Vatican commission has cleared John Paul II for sainthood and he may possibly be canonised with John XXIII.

John Paul II on the path to sainthood

2013-06-18 22:33

Vatican theologians have reportedly attributed a second miracle to pope John Paul II, putting him firmly on the path to sainthood.

Pope admits 'gay lobby' in Vatican

2013-06-11 21:43

Pope Francis has admitted the existence of a "gay lobby" inside the Vatican's secretive administration, the Roman Curia, allegedly exposed during a leaks scandal.

'Damn Catholics' remark school head quits

2013-06-05 16:01

Ohio State's president has announced he will retire after remarks he made about "damn Catholics" at a rival university became public.

Vatican: European Christians face abuse

2013-05-28 17:54

Christians in Europe are being arrested and prosecuted for expressing their beliefs, the Vatican has alleged, labelling such moves as a form of discrimination.

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